'Dr Frank Hirst was Senior Lecturer then Officer in Charge of the Computation Laboratory, The University of Melbourne from 1955 to 1969.

He played the leading role in the establishment of the Computation Laboratory and supervised the operation of the Laboratory and CSIRAC until its decommissioning in 1964.
The Computation Laboratory was renamed the Computation Department and continued to provide academic programs and computer services. Dr Hirst was responsible for the acquisition by The University of Melbourne of its second computer, an IBM7044/1401, and for its management and operation and for the development of teaching and research activities in computer science.

He continued as Reader in Charge of the Department of Information Science until 1972 when he was appointed to the Foundation Chair of Computing at The University of Adelaide, a position he held until his retirement. He was later appointed Emeritus Professor.

Frank Hirst was a 'pioneer of computing science in Australia and courgeous WWII Veteran.' He passed away in Adelaide in 1919.

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